Orange County struggles to fill Grand Jury

The Superior Court in Orange County is struggling to get county residents to apply for service on the Grand Jury. The court needs 19 jurors to serve a one year term starting July 1.
The Superior Court in Orange County is struggling to get county residents to apply for service on the Grand Jury. The court needs 19 jurors to serve a one year term starting July 1. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

For the second year, the Orange County Superior Court is struggling to find applicants to serve on its Grand Jury. 

Gwen Vieau with the Superior Court said 19 grand jurors are needed. Because few people have applied, the deadline has been extended to January 29 for Orange County residents to apply for the 2014-15 grand jury. 

Vieau said one reason for fewer applicants may be the time involved. 

"It is a full time, time commitment in Orange County, they are there typically, five days a week, it might not be eight hours a day, five days a week," Vieau said. 

She said jurors serve a one-year term that begins July 1. Applicants can apply online at http://www.ocgrandjury.org/

The Grand Jury oversees county and city agencies, jails, schools – writing reports and making recommendations. The jury also considers evidence for possible indictment of people in felony cases - The man charged with killing eight people in Seal Beach, Scott Dekraai, was indicted by the Grand Jury. 

There was also a lack of applicants last year. 

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